Mathias Holvoet

Mathias Holvoet

PhD Researcher Migration, Diversity & Justice
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Mathias Holvoet is a PhD-researcher at the IES, affiliated with the Faculty of Law and Criminology. Mathias is a member of the Migration, Diversity and Justice Cluster.

His main research interest lies in the field of International Criminal Law. His side interests lie in the fields of Public International Law, International Humanitarian Law, European Criminal Law, International and European Human Rights Law and International and European Migration Law.

Within the field of International Criminal Law, his work currently focusses on the law of crimes against humanity, the relationship of International Criminal Law with neighbouring fields such as International Human Rights Law, International Humanitarian Law and International Refugee Law and the continuing relevance of hybrid or internationalized criminal mechanisms within International Criminal Justice.

His work has been published in leading journals in the field of International Criminal Law such as the Journal of International Criminal Justice and the International Criminal Law Review.

His PhD-project is one Work Package within a broader research project funded by the Belgian Science Policy Office (BELSPO) entitled “The Global Challenge of Human Rights Integration: Towards a Users’ Perspective” (www.hrintegration.be). Mathias researches the various aspects and dimensions of the controversial and contested element of a 'policy' as a requirement of the definition of crimes against humanity. The title of his PhD is 'A Policy to Commit Atrocity. Understanding the ‘Policy Element’ under the Law of Crimes against Humanity.' 

From April 2017 until September 2017, Mathias was a Visiting Professional within the Trial Division of the Chambers of the International Criminal Court.

From October 2015 until June 2016, Mathias was a Visiting Researcher at the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute, Washington University in St. Louis, United States of America.

From June 2013 until September 2013, Mathias was a Visiting Researcher at Humboldt University, Berlin, Lehrstuhl of Professor dr. Gerhard Werle.

From October 2013 until December 2013, Mathias was a Visiting Researcher at the Institute for International Peace and Security Law, University of Cologne.

Mathias (Antwerp, 1984) holds a Master degree in Law (2008, Vrije Universiteit Brussel) and a 'Master Complémentaire en Droit International Public' (2009, Université Libre de Bruxelles). During his studies, he stayed four months at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark as an Erasmus student (sept. 07-dec. 07).

Subsequent to graduation, Mathias interned for 4 months with the International Criminal Justice Program of the NGO 'No Peace Without Justice' (oct. 09-jan. 10). Following this experience, he interned 4 months at the Belgian delegation for Eurojust, The Hague (feb. 10-may 10). Finally, he conducted an internship for 4 months at the Office of the Prosecutor of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, The Hague (june 10-oct. 10).

Mathias is also a Member of the Research Group Fundamental Rights and Constitutionalism (FRC) and a Senior Analyst for the Global Governance Institute (GGI).

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Activities

Mathias has teached Guest Lectures on International Criminal Law for the Faculty of Law and Criminology and Vesalius College.

Mathias acted as an anonymous peer-reviewer for the Leiden Journal of International Law.

He participated as a Bench Member during the 2015 ICC Moot Court Competition.

He has been interviewed on several issues pertaining to International Criminal Justice for Czech national television, Estonian national television, CCTV Africa and SABC Digital News. Click here for an interview on the quandaries arising from the asylum application of the first acquitted by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

IES Workshops/Conferences organized:

IES Spring Lecture Series 2012 (co-organized with Joachim Koops and Medlir Mema):
"The International Criminal Court's Second Decade: Quo Vadis?" (in cooperation with the Global Governance Institute) More information.

IES Spring Lecture Series 2013 (co-organized with Ilke Adam, Richard Lewis and Mathijs Van Dijk): “The Multilevel Governance of Migration and Immigrant Integration” More information.

IES Policy Forum (co-organized with Medlir Mema): "The International Criminal Court and Africa: Reconsidering EU's Options" More information.

Expert Seminar (co-organized with Prof. dr. Paul de Hert): "The Role of the Prosecutor in the Emerging Practice of the International Criminal Court" More information.

Engagements

Mathias is a Member of the Peace and Justice Initiative (PJI), a network of international criminal law professionals which aim is to encourage the national adoption of laws under which crimes against humanity, genocide and war crimes can be prosecuted. The ultimate goal of PJI is the universal national implementation of the ICC Statute.

Profile and Publications

 


Books

  • HOLVOET, Mathias & DE HERT, Paul & VAN CAENEGHEM Jozefien & WEIS Karen. 2014. Handboek internationaal en Europees Strafrecht, Antwerpen, Intersentia, 2014, 540p. Link
  • HOLVOET, Mathias & DE HERT, Paul & FLAMME, Jean & STRUYVEN, Olivia. 2013. Code of International Criminal Law and Procedure, annotated, Brussels, Larcier, 2013, 826p. Link

Chapters

  • HOLVOET, Mathias & MEMA, Medlir . 2014. 'The International Criminal Court and the Third Pillar' in FIOTT, Daniel & KOOPS, Joachim (eds.), Responsibility to Protect and the Third Pillar Approach: Legitimacy and Effectiveness, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014

Conference Papers

  • HOLVOET, Mathias & MEMA, Medlir . 2014. Assessing EU's 2011 Action Plan on the Rome Statute of the ICC, 7th Pan-European Conference on the European Union, The Hague, 5-7 June 2014 Link
  • HOLVOET, Mathias. 2014. What's in a Name? Policing the Realm of International Criminal Justice Through the Judicial Interpretation of the State or Organizational Policy Requirement within the Definition of Crimes against Humanity, paper presented at ACCA Conference, 23 May 2014, Ghent University Link
  • HOLVOET, Mathias. 2014. Disentangling the Intricate Relationship between International Human Rights Law and the Law of Crimes against Humanity, 'Justice and Dignity under Challenge', 8th Annual Graduate Conference, 5-6 June 2014, University College Cork. Link
  • HOLVOET, Mathias & MEMA, Medlir . 2014. Assessing EU's 2011 Action Plan for achieving universality and full implementation of the Rome Statute of the ICC, The European Union in International Affairs IV Conference, 22-24 May 2014 Link
  • HOLVOET, Mathias. 2014. Crimes Committed By Or Despite the State: A Theoretical Appraisal of the Law of Crimes Against Humanity, Workshop on Methodological and Theoretical Perspectives in International Criminal Justice, 24-25 April 2014, University of Oslo Link
  • HOLVOET, Mathias. 2014. The Policy Requirement within the Definition of Crimes against Humanity, Lecture, 24 February 2014, Institute for International Peace and Security Law, University of Cologne. Link
  • HOLVOET, Mathias. 2013. “In Search of the Meaning, the Scope and the Outer Limits of the Concept of 'Organizational' for the Purpose of the Definition of Crimes Against Humanity in the ICC-Statute”, presented in the framework of the international training session of the Human Rights Integration (HRI) research project, entitled “The interaction between human rights law and its next-door neighbours: international humanitarian law and international criminal law”. Link
  • HOLVOET, Mathias & MEMA, Medlir . 2013. "ICC and R2P. Identifying Main Convergences and Possible Conflicts". Paper on relationship between the ICC and R2P, presented at Responsibility to Protect in Theory and Practice Conference, April 11 – 12, 2013, Faculty of Law, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Link
  • HOLVOET, Mathias. 2013. “In Search of the Essence of Crimes Against Humanity. A Quest into the Meaning, the Scope and the Outer Limits of the Concept of 'Organizational' for the Purpose of the Definition of Crimes Against Humanity in the ICC Statute”. Paper presented at PhD Training School on Contemporary Challenges to International Criminal Law”, March 14-16, 2013, Institute of International Relations, Prague. Link

Peer Reviewed Articles

  • HOLVOET, Mathias. 2014. Harmonizing Exclusion under the Refugee Convention by Reference to the Evidentiary Standards of International Criminal Law, Journal of International Criminal Justice, Vol. 12, No. 5, (2014), Link
  • HOLVOET, Mathias. 2014. La notion d'organisation dans la definition du crime contre l'humanite, Revue de droit pénal et de criminologie, 2014, Dossier spécial 'La justice internationale pénale : bilan et perspectives d'un droit nouveau', p. 95-103 Link
  • HOLVOET, Mathias. 2013. The State or Organisational Policy Requirement within the Definition of Crimes Against Humanity in the Rome Statute: An Appraisal of the Emerging Jurisprudence and the Implementation Practice by ICC States Parties, International Crimes Database, ICD Brief 2, October 2013 Link
  • HOLVOET, Mathias & YABASUN, Dersim. 2013. Seeking Asylum before the International Criminal Court. Another Challenge for a Court in Need of Credibility, International Criminal Law Review, Volume 13, Issue 3, (2013), 725 – 745. Link

Articles, Essays & Reviews

  • HOLVOET, Mathias. 2014. Het postelectorale conflict in Kenia: het Internationaal Strafhof gebruikt voor het eerst zijn proprio motu bevoegdheid, Wereldbeeld, Tijdschrift voor de Verenigde Naties, 2011/1
  • HOLVOET, Mathias & DE HERT, Paul . 2012. International Criminal Law as Global Law. An Assessment of the Hybrid Tribunals, Tilburg Law Review 17 (2012), 228–240 Link
  • HOLVOET, Mathias. 2011. Het Bangladesh International Crimes Tribunal. Een welgekomen nieuwe vorm van internationale strafjustitie of een aanfluiting van internationale mensenrechtenstandaarden?, Tijdschrift voor Mensenrechten 2011, Vol. 2 Link

Commissioned Research & Policy Work

  • HOLVOET, Mathias & MEMA, Medlir . 2013. The ICC and its Deteriorating Relationship with Africa in Light of the Kenya Cases: What Should the EU Position be?, IES Policy Brief 9/2013 Link
  • HOLVOET, Mathias & VAN CAENEGHEM, Jozefien & DE PAUW, Marijke & GELLERT, Raphael & TIMBERMONT, Evelien & GALLALA, Ines & JACQUES, Laura & SOMERS, Stefan. 2013. Annual Report 2013 on the Human Rights Situation in Belgium for the Fundamental Rights Agency of the EU
  • HOLVOET, Mathias & MEMA, Medlir . 2013. The UN General Assembly Vote: Upgrading the Status of Palestine and Its Implications for a Possible Role of the ICC, IES Policy Brief 6/2013 Link
  • HOLVOET, Mathias & VAN CAENEGHEM, Jozefien & WEIS, Karen & DE PAUW, Marijke & GELLERT, Raphael & CASIER, Ineke & MAMPAEY, Helena & GEUENS Maaike & JANSSENS, Christine . 2012. Annual Report 2012 on the Human Rights Situation in Belgium for the Fundamental Rights Agency of the EU
  • HOLVOET, Mathias & VAN CAENEGHEM, Jozefien & WEIS, Karen GELLERT, Raphael & GEUENS Maaike & VAN LAETHEM, Karen & MATHIEU, Cécile, COLETTE, Maarten & HOEFMANS, Alexander & SAELENS, Ronny. 2011. Annual Report 2011 on the Human Rights Situation in Belgium for the Fundamental Rights Agency of the EU

Newspaper Op-eds & Online Commentary

  • HOLVOET, Mathias & YABASUN, Dersim. 2013. Former ICC Defendant – Ngudjolo – Applies for Asylum in the Netherlands, EJIL:Talk!, Blog of the European Journal of International Law, 28 March 2013 Link
  • HOLVOET, Mathias. 2013. Sénégal: les Chambres africaines extraordinaires chargées de juger Hissène Habré ont été officiellement inaugurées, Sentinelle, Bulletin 335 Link
  • HOLVOET, Mathias. 2013. Le Procureur de la Cour Pénale Internationale ouvre une enquête concernant les crimes de guerre commis au Mali, Sentinelle, Bulletin 332 Link
  • HOLVOET, Mathias. 2013. Cinquante-sept pays demandent au Conseil de Sécurité de l’ONU de saisir la CPI pour enquêter sur les crimes commis en Syrie, Sentinelle, Bulletin 331 Link
  • HOLVOET, Mathias. 2011. Who Gets to Serve Justice: Saif Gaddafi and ICC Due Process, Justice in Conflict, 15 November 2011 Link
  • HOLVOET, Mathias & DE HERT, Paul . 2011. Khadaffi en het Internationaal Strafhof: vervangt lawfare warfare?, Mo Magazine Link

Other Publications

  • HOLVOET, Mathias & DE HERT, Paul . 2013. 'Annotation of Articles 13-15 of the ICC Statute' in HOLVOET Mathias, DE HERT Paul, STRUYVEN Olivia, FLAMME Jean (eds.), Code of International Criminal Law and Procedure, annotated, Brussels, Larcier.
  • HOLVOET, Mathias. 2013. 'Annotation of Articles 27-29, 53, 57 and 68 of the ICC Statute' in HOLVOET Mathias, DE HERT Paul, STRUYVEN Olivia, FLAMME Jean (eds.), Code of International Criminal Law and Procedure, annotated, Brussels, Larcier.